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Benchmark HPA4 High-Quality Headphone Amplifier (Black Rack Mount with Remote Control)

 
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The HPA4 is Benchmark's newest headphone amplifier. Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. and THX, Ltd. have partnered to introduce the Benchmark HPA4 headphone/line amplifier featuring THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (AAA™) technology. THX AAA™ reduces harmonic, intermodulation, and crossover distortion... Read More

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The HPA4 is Benchmark's newest headphone amplifier. Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. and THX, Ltd. have partnered to introduce the Benchmark HPA4 headphone/line amplifier featuring THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (AAA™) technology.

THX AAA™ reduces harmonic, intermodulation, and crossover distortion by 20 to 40 dB to guarantee a realistic and fatigue-free listening experience. It accomplishes this using a patented feed-forward topology to null conventional distortion and noise mechanisms, resulting in the world's most linear amplifier. THX AAA allows the amplifier to reach its maximum output power and sound pressure level (SPL) without producing the distortion that normally accompanies increased output levels in traditional amplifiers.

Featuring the flagship THX-888 amplifier design, the revolutionary HPA4 headphone amplifier incorporates the same THX AAA technology that Benchmark uses in the AHB2 power amplifier. The HPA4 delivers sonic perfection. Hear the music without any contamination from electronic noise or distortion. The HPA4 delivers power, audio fidelity, speed and accuracy over an utterly silent background.

The THX-888 amplifier is driven by a Benchmark line amplifier that features relay gain control, relay input selection, and relay muting. The line amplifier incorporates the finest gold-contact relays available. The gain control has 256 steps in 0.5 dB increments. It also features a balance control. Relay closures are precisely timed to deliver silky-smooth volume changes. No other relay gain control offers this level of precision and performance. The HPA4 includes 4 independent 256-step attenuators: two for the L&R headphone outputs, and two for the L&R line outputs. To make this all happen, the HPA4 includes a total of 64 precision relays.

Features:

  • THX-888 Headphone Amplifier with THX AAA™ Technology
  • Benchmark Line Amplifier
  • 256-Step Fully-Balanced Relay Gain Control, 0.5 dB Steps
  • Precision Timed Relay Closures
  • Precision Metal Film Resistors
  • Gold-Contact Relays
  • Balanced and Unbalanced I/O
  • 6 Watts into 16 Ohm Headphones
  • 11.5 Vrms into 300 Ohm Headphones
  • 0.1 Hz to 500 kHz frequency response
  • SNR > 135 dB
  • THD < 125 dB (0.00006%) under full load
  • Short-Circuit Protection on Headphone Amplifier
  • DC Protection on Headphone Amplifier
  • Over-Voltage Protection on Headphone Amplifier
  • Over-Current Protection on Headphone Amplifier
  • Thermal Protection on Headphone Amplifier
  • Full-Color 3.5" Capacitive Touch Screen
  • IR Remote Control (optional)
  • 2 Balanced Stereo Line Inputs
  • 2 Unbalanced Stereo Line Inputs
  • Balanced Stereo Line Output
  • Unbalanced Stereo Line Output
  • Balanced Mono Sum Output
  • 12V Trigger I/O – two bi-directional 12V trigger ports
  • AUTO-ON Function - can be programmed to turn on when AC is applied
  • Power Switch – very low standby power , <0.5 W at 120 VAC
  • High-Efficiency Low-Noise Power Supplies – 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
  • Meets FCC Class B and CE emissions requirements
  • Tested for immunity to radiated and conducted RF interference

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Product Specs

THX-888 Headphone Outputs Test conditions: 1 kHz test tone, Output Level = +21 dBu, Unity Gain (unless noted)
Number of Headphone Outputs 2
Output Connector - Differential Drive Gold-Pin Neutrik™ XLR4 - female
Output Connector - Common Ground Return 1/4" Neutrik™ TRS Jack
SNR 135 dB, A-Weighted
131 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Output Noise < 2.45 uV, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Frequency Response -0.006 dB at 10 Hz
-0.014 dB at 20 kHz
-3 dB at 0.1 Hz and 500 kHz
Output Impedance Near 0 Ohms
Maximum Output Power and Voltage 6 Watts into 16 Ohms, 9.8 Vrms
2.6 Watts into 45 Ohms, 10.8 Vrms
640 mW into 200 Ohms, 11.3 Vrms
440 mW into 300 Ohms, 11.5 Vrms
Maximum Output Current (protection threshold) 1.5 Amps
Crosstalk, XLR4 Output -133 dB@1kHz, -115 dB@10kHz
THD, 16-Ohm Load -125 dB, 0.00006%, 16-Ohm Load
THD+N, 20 kHz BW, 16-Ohm load -115 dB, 0.00018%
Volume Control Range Mute, -112 dB to +15 dB in 0.5 dB steps
Balance Control Range +/- 6 dB in 0.5 dB steps
Balanced Analog Outputs Test conditions: 1 kHz test tone, Output Level = +24 dBu, Unity Gain (unless noted)
Number of Balanced Analog Outputs 3 (left, right, mono sum)
Output Connectors Gold-Pin Neutrik™ XLR - male
SNR 137 dB, A-Weighted
135 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Output Noise < 2.1 uV, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Frequency Response -0.005 dB at 10 Hz
-0.001 dB at 20 kHz
-3 dB at 0.1 Hz and 500 kHz
Output Impedance 60 Ohms
Maximum Output Level +28 dBu, 19.5 Vrms
THD -126 dB, 0.00005%
THD+N, 20 kHz BW -115 dB, 0.00018%
Volume Control Range (with 0 dBFS digital input) Mute, -112 dB to +15 dB in 0.5 dB steps
Balance Control Range +/- 6 dB in 0.5
Unbalanced Analog Outputs Test conditions: 1 kHz test tone, Input Level = 2 Vrms, Unity Gain (unless noted)
Number of Unbalanced Analog Outputs 2 (left, right)
Output Connectors Gold RCA - female
SNR 116 dB, A-Weighted
108 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Output Noise < 8 uV, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Frequency Response -0.008 dB at 10 Hz
-0.005 dB at 20 kHz
-3 dB at 0.1 Hz and 500 kHz
Output Impedance 30 Ohms
Maximum Output Level +12.2 dBu, 3.2 Vrms
Volume Control Range (with 0 dBFS digital input) Mute, -112 dB to +15 dB in 0.5 dB steps
Balance Control Range +/- 6 dB in 0.5 dB steps
Balanced Analog Inputs
Number of Unbalanced Analog Inputs 4 (2 stereo pairs)
Input Connectors Gold-Pin Neutrik™ XLR - female
Input Impedance >50 k Ohms
Maximum Input Level +28 dBu, , 19.5 Vrms
Input Selection and Muting Gold-Contact Relays
Input State when Power is Off Inputs are Disconnected using Relays
Unbalanced Analog Inputs
Number of Unbalanced Analog Inputs 4 (2 stereo pairs)
Input Connectors Gold RCA - female
Input Impedance >50 k Ohms
Maximum Input Level +12.2 dBu, 3.2 Vrms
Input Selection and Muting Gold-Contact Relays
Input State when Power is Off Inputs are Disconnected using Relays
AC Power Requirements
Nominal Operating Range 100 – 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz
Min/Max Operating range 90 – 260 VAC, 47 - 63 Hz
Power < 0.5 Watts Standby
15 Watts Typical Program
28 Watts Maximum
Fuses (2 required) 5x20 mm, 0.5 A 250 V Slo-Blo® Type
Dimensions Form Factor ½ Rack Wide, 2 RU High
Depth - excluding knob and connectors 8.33” (220 mm)
Overall Depth - including knob and connectors 9.33” (237 mm)
Width 8.65” (220 mm)
Height - excluding feet 3.47" (88 mm)
Height - including feet 3.88” (99 mm)
Weight HPA4 only 8 lb.
HPA4 with remote, power cord and manual 9 lb.
Shipping weight 12 lb.

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